Caring For Students - Aboriginal Student Support

Hunter School of the Performing Arts provides a nurturing and caring environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students, with many special supporting and extension programs that are culturally appropriate.

Academic
HSPA has close links with University of Newcastle Wollotuka Institute for Aboriginal Studies. Stage 6 Aboriginal Studies has a very high participation rate within our curriculum and has an outstanding record of academic success from the students. In 2010, the top 5 HSC students in the State were from HSPA. In 2011, no student gained a result lower than Band 4. Twice students from HSPA have come first in the State for Aboriginal Studies and in 2010 a student from HSPA gained the highest score in Aboriginal Studies for an aboriginal student in NSW.
 
Cultural
HSPA offers a number of programs that allow students to participate in Aboriginal cultural activities. The school has an Aboriginal dance troupe, Millabah, which began performances in 1999 and performs regularly at schools and a wide range of other venues. The members of this troupe also run workshops on Aboriginal culture and are widely sought after as both performers and teachers. Aboriginal students participate in cultural camps, museum and gallery visits, and assist in cultural days for gifted and talented Aboriginal primary students.
 
Wellbeing and Support
HSPA staff continue to develop Cultural Competencies in order to serve the needs of our Aboriginal students, their families and the wider community. HSPA has both full and associate members of the Muloobinbah local AECG on staff. The school aims to provide the best possible academic environment for Aboriginal students. Students and their families and caregivers participate in the development of personalised learning plans to set academic, cultural and personal goals to achieve to their maximum potential. This process is supported by staff across the school under the guidance of executive and support staff. We also aim to provide the best opportunities to participate in performing arts, including Aboriginal culture. Our Aboriginal students perform successfully each year at the Schools’ Spectacular, Star Struck and provide an Outreach Program to schools across the region.

 

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